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Escort Passport 8500 X50 Radar/Laser Detector
User reviews and opinions
|aasdelat||7:39pm on Monday, June 21st, 2010|
|best radar around long range has save me quite alot no false alarms on ka (cops) None|
|besthotman_||10:25pm on Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010|
|Escort 8500 - Simple, Reliable, Better Safe Than Sorry. I think the Escort Passport Radar Detector is fantastic for any one that is on the road a lot. It can actually save you money if you are a speeder. The Escort Passport 8500 Radar Detector sounds like a pretty good one. Although its alittle spendy.|
|nlkrause||8:27pm on Sunday, May 23rd, 2010|
|This detector does all it is supposed to do. It has saved me from many potential tickets on the open road. I never go out of town without it.|
|ray1951||11:07pm on Monday, April 19th, 2010|
|I have owned the Escort Passport 8500 radar detector for four years. During this time, it has proven to be an outstanding purchase.|
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DISCREET ULTIMATE PERFORMANCE
R A D A R
L A S E R
S A F E T Y
D E T E C T O R
The Passport 8500 is the most advanced radar, laser and safety detector available. The Passport 8500 includes full X, K, SuperWide Ka, and Safety Warning System radar capability, front and rear laser detection, digital signal processing (DSP) for superior range and reduced false alarms, our patented Mute and AutoMute, audible and visual band alerts, and all the performance you'd expect from Escort. In addition, the Passport 8500 introduces a new level of revolutionary performance and innovative features. Breakthrough long-range radar and laser detection circuitry Advanced EZ-Programming lets you customize 9 features AutoSensitivity mode, plus Highway and City settings Ultra-bright alphanumeric Display with 280 LEDs ExpertMeter tracks and displays up to 8 radar signals simultaneously New SpecDisplay provides actual numeric radar frequency New Programmable Bands (on/off) Detects Safety Warning System signals Includes coiled SmartCord
If youve used a radar detector before, a review of the Quick Reference Guide on pages 4 and 5, and the EZ-Programming information on pages 12 and 13 will briefly explain the new features. If this is your first detector, please read the manual in detail to get the most out of your Passports outstanding performance and innovative features. Please drive safely.
Quick Reference Card
Remove card along perforations
Passport 8500 Quick Reference Card
There are 9 user-selectable options so you can customize your Passport 8500 for your own preferences. The buttons labeled CITY and DIM are also used to enter the Program Mode, REVIEW your current program settings, and to CHANGE any settings as desired. The words PROGRAM, REVIEW, and CHANGE are located on the top of the detector, and are highlighted in blue graphics.
An example For example, here is how you would turn Passports AutoMute feature off. 1 Enter the Program Mode by holding both the city and dim buttons down for 2 seconds. Passport will beep twice and display Program. 2 Then hold the REVIEW button down. Passport will scroll through the categories, starting with Pilot Light (Pilot), then Power-on sequence (PwrOn), then Signal strength meter (Meter), and then AutoMute (aMute). 3 Release the REVIEW button when Passport shows the AutoMute item. Since the factory setting is for AutoMute to be on, Passport will display aMute ON. (If you accidentally don't release the Review button in time, and Passport goes to the next category, hold the Review button down again, and after Passport scrolls through all categories, it will begin again at the top of the list.) 4 Press the CHANGE button to change from aMute ON to aMute OFF. 5 To complete the Programming, simply wait 8 seconds without pressing any button. Passport will display Complete, beep 4 times, and return to normal operation.
How to use EZ-Programming
1 To enter Program Mode, press and hold both top buttons down for 2 seconds. (The unit will beep twice, and will display the word Program). 2 Then press the REVIEW button to review the current settings. (You can either tap the button to change from item to item, or hold the button to scroll through the items). 3 Press the CHANGE button to change any setting. (You can either tap the button to change from setting to setting, or hold the button to scroll through all the options). 4 To leave Program Mode, simply wait 8 seconds without pressing any button. (The unit will display Complete, beep 4 times, and return to normal operation).
Factory Default Settings To reset Passport to its original factory settings, press and hold the CITY, DIM, and MUTE buttons while turning the power on. Passports display will provide a Reset message, accompanied by an audible alert, acknowledging the reset.
Press the REVIEW button to go from one category to the next PILOT LIGHT (Power-on indication) Pilot Pilot Pilot Pilot Pilot Pilot Pilot HWY H H.> + +.> +> V
Press the CHANGE button to change your setting within a category
* Full word: Highway or Auto or City
Letter: H or A or C Letter, with scanning dot Symbol: + or or -Letter, with scanning dot Scanning symbol Vehicle voltage
POWER-ON SEQUENCE SIGNAL STRENGTH METER
PwrOn STD PwrOn FST Meter STD Meter EXP Meter SPC aMute ON aMute OFF Tone STD Tone LOUD City STD City LoX City NoX Brt Brt Brt Brt Brt LAST MIN MED MAX DARK
* Standard power-on sequence
Fast power-on sequence
* Standard signal strength meter
Expert Meter SpecDisplay
AUTOMUTE AUDIOTONES CITY MODE SENSITIVITY
* AutoMute on
* Standard tones
* Standard City mode sensitivity
Low X band sensitivity in City Mode No X band sensitivity in City Mode
* Last brightness used
Minimum brightness when turned on Medium brightness when turned on Maximum brightness when turned on Dark Mode when Passport turned on
DARK MODE BANDS
DARK LAST DARK LAST Bands ALL Bands MOD
* Standard Dark: shows HD, AD, CD
All Dark, no display
* All bands enabled
One or more bands are disabled Turn bands ON or OFF by pressing the mute button
* Factory Default Settings
X K Ka LSR SWS
ON ON ON ON ON
or or or or or
OFF OFF OFF OFF OFF
Table of Contents
Quick Reference Guide Installation
Power Connection Mounting Location Windshield Mount
How to use EZ-Programming Example of Programming Overview of Programming
6 Details of Programming 7
Controls and Features
Power and volume control Power-on indication AutoMute Mute Auto / Highway / City Switch Dim / Dark Switch Dark Mode Audible Alerts Signal Strength Meter ExpertMeter SpecDisplay
Specifications Interpreting Alerts
17 18-21 22-23
8 How Radar Works 8 How Laser Works 8 How Safety Radar Works 10 10-11 11
Troubleshooting Service Warranty Accessories
Quick Reference Guide
To begin using your Passport, just follow these simple steps
1 Plug the small end of the power cord into the side jack of the detector, and plug the large end of the power cord into your cars lighter socket. Mount your Passport on the windshield using the supplied windshield mount. Rotate the volume thumbwheel on Passports left side to turn Passport on and adjust the volume. EasyMount Slot Insert Passports adjustable Windshield mount into this slot. Page 7 Rear Laser Port Receives laser signals from behind the vehicle. EasyMount Button Press the button, and slide the Windshield mount into one of its four locking positions. Page 7 City Button Switches between AutoSensitivity, City, and Highway settings. In general, we recommend the Auto mode. Page 8 Power/Volume Control Rotate the thumbwheel to turn Passport on and set the volume. Page 8 AutoMute Passports patented AutoMute automatically reduces the volume level of the audio alert after a brief period. If you prefer, you can turn AutoMute off. Page 8
Please read the manual to fully understand Passports operation and features.
Radar Antenna and Laser Lens The rear panel of your Passport should have a clear view of the road ahead. For best performance, do not mount Passport directly behind windshield wipers or tinted areas. Page 6 Earphone Jack Accepts standard 3.5mm earphone. Power Jack Plug the SmartCord into this connector. Page 6 Dim Button Press to adjust display brightness. There are three brightness settings, plus Dark Mode. In the Dark Mode, the power-on indication will be changed to a dim AD, HD, or CD (indicating Auto, Highway, or City Dark). In the Dark Mode, Passports meter will not display during an alert, only the audio will alert you. Page 9 Mute Button Briefly press this button (next to the display) to silence the audio for a specific alert. (The audio will alert you to the next encounter.) Page 8 EZ-Programming Passport is ready to go, just plug it in and turn it on. But you can also easily change 9 features for your preferences. Page 12-16
Alphanumeric Display Passports display will show Highway, Auto, or City as its power-on indication. If you prefer, you can choose other power-on indications. Page 12-14 During an alert, the display will indicate radar band, and a precise bar graph of signal strength. Page 10 Note: In the Dark Mode the display will not light during an alert. Page 9
Power Connection and Mounting Location
To power Passport, plug the small end of the SmartCord, (telephone-type connector) into the modular jack on Passports right side, and plug the lighter plug adapter into your vehicles lighter socket or accessory socket. Passport operates on 12 volts DC negative ground only. The lighter plug provided is a standard size and will work in most vehicles. However, some vehicles may require the enclosed sleeve to ensure a snug fit. If so, simply slide the sleeve over the SmartCords lighter plug adapter. Of course, your lighter socket must be clean and properly connected for proper operation. Note: depending on your vehicle, the lighter socket power may either be continuously on, or it may be switched on and off with your ignition switch. Optional power cords See the Accessories section for details on our optional Direct-wire SmartCord.
WARNING: ESCORT cannot anticipate the many ways Passport can be mounted. It is important that you mount Passport where it will not impair your view nor present a hazard in case of an accident. Where to mount Passport For optimum detection performance, we recommend the following: Using the Windshield Mount, mount your Passport level, and high enough on your front windshield to provide a clear view of the road from the front and rear. Mount Passport away from windshield wipers, other solid objects, and heavily tinted areas that might obstruct the radar antenna or laser lens.
Passports EasyMount windshield bracket is designed for unobtrusive and hassle-free mounting. 1 Depress the adjustment button on the top of Passport (by the word ESCORT) and slide the EasyMount bracket into the slot until it is locked into the position which best fits the angle of your windshield (there are four settings available). For extremely horizontal or extremely sloped windshields, the EasyMount bracket can be bent. To ensure that the suction cups adhere to the windshield firmly, be sure to keep both your windshield and the suction cups clean. 2 To adjust Passport on your windshield, use the EasyMount adjustment button located on the top of the Passport, and slide Passport forward or backward to obtain a level horizontal position. When installed and adjusted properly, the back top edge of Passport should rest solidly against your windshield. Caution! A few vehicles (including some Porsches) have windshields with a soft anti-lacerative coating on the inside surface. Use of suction cups will permanently mar this coating. Consult your dealership or the vehicle owners manual to determine if your windshield has this coating.
Users Tip You can leave the EasyMount bracket in place on your windshield, and easily remove Passport by pressing the adjustment button and sliding Passport off the mount. Again, be sure to position the bracket where it wont present a hazard in the event of an accident. Additional mounts are available.
Power and volume control
To turn Passport on and adjust the alert tone volume level, rotate the thumbwheel on Passports left side. Turn the control away from you to increase the audio volume. When you turn Passport on, it goes through a sequence of alerts. If you prefer, you may program your Passport for a shorter power-on sequence. See the EZ-Programming section for details.
The Mute button, located on Passports front panel, allows you to silence the audio alert during a radar encounter. To mute the audio for a single specific signal, briefly press the Mute button. After that radar encounter has passed, the mute will automatically reset and the audio will alert you to the next encounter.
After Passports start-up sequence is complete, the alphanumeric display will show Highway, City, or Auto to indicate which sensitivity mode is selected. If you prefer, you can select alternate power-on displays. See the EZ-Programming section for details.
Auto / Highway / City Switch
The City button selects Passports sensitivity mode. We recommend the Auto (AutoSensitivity) mode for most driving. Passports AutoSensitivity mode provides long-range warning, with minimum false alarms. In this mode, Passports internal computer continuously analyzes all incoming signals and intelligently adjusts the sensitivity circuits. You can also select conventional Highway and City modes. When driving in urban areas where annoying X-band intrusion alarms and door openers are common, City mode can be engaged to lower X-band sensitivity and reduce X-band alerts. Full sensitivity is maintained on all other bands. You can customize Passports City mode sensitivity. See the EZ-Programming section for details.
Your Passport has our patented AutoMute feature. After Passport alerts you to a radar encounter at the volume you have selected, the AutoMute feature will automatically reduce the volume to a lower level. This keeps you informed without the annoyance of a continuous full-volume alert. If you prefer, you can turn the AutoMute feature off. See the EZ-Programming section for details.
Dim / Dark Switch
Passports Dim button selects the brightness of Passport's display. There are four settings: Maximum, Medium, Minimum, and Dark. Press the Dim button to select your preferred brightness. If you prefer, you can have Passport always turn on at a specific brightness. See the EZ-Programming section for details.
Passports ExpertMeter option is an advanced display for experienced detector users. Please use Passport for a few weeks to get familiar with its other features before using ExpertMeter. To use the ExpertMeter instead of the bar graph signal strength meter, you must select ExpertMeter in Passports EZProgramming (see page 12-15). Passports ExpertMeter simultaneously tracks up to 8 radar signals. It shows you detailed information on up to 2 Ka-band, 2 K-band, and 4 X-band signals. ExpertMeter can help you spot a change in your normal driving environment; for example, a traffic radar unit being operated in an area where there are normally other signals present.
Signal Strength Meter
Passports alphanumeric display consists of 280 individual LEDs, to provide an intuitive ultra-bright display of signal strength and text messages. Passports standard bar-graph signal strength meter only displays information on a single radar signal. If there are multiple
The ExpertMeter is actually a miniature spectrum analyzer. It shows what band each signal is and its signal strength. Above is the ExpertMeter Display if Passport was detecting 2 strong Ka-band, 2 strong K-band, and 4 strong X-band signals. As you can see, there are vertical lines after each band designator. Each line shows a signal being detected. The height of each line shows the relative signal strength of that signal. NOTE: If you use ExpertMeter, the brief signal shown in the power-on sequence when you turn on your Passport will also be in ExpertMeter: an X with a single vertical line. A few more examples will help you better see how the ExpertMeter works. Here ExpertMeter shows 1 strong K-band signal, and three X-band signals, two strong and one weak. Here ExpertMeter shows 1 weak Ka-band signal, and three weak X-band signals.
KA|| K|| X||||
On very weak signals, there will not be a vertical line at all. This shows a very weak X-band signal. ExpertMeter Details The band designators (X, K, Ka) will stay on the display for a few seconds after the signal has passed. This allows you to see what the unit detected, even on very brief signals. However, the vertical lines representing individual signals continuously change (several times a second) to give you a continuous instantaneous view of all radar signals present.
Passport 8500s new SpecDisplay option is also for the experienced detector user. In this mode, Passport will display the actual numeric frequency of the radar signal being received. SpecDisplay shows one K-band signal at 24.150 gigahertz. Note: Even long-time detector users will require a significant amount of time to get familiar with this new level of information about detected signals.
How to customize Passport with EZ-Programming
There are 9 user-selectable options so you can customize your Passport 8500 for your own preferences. The buttons labeled CITY and DIM are also used to enter the Program Mode, REVIEW your current program settings, and to CHANGE any settings as desired. The words PROGRAM, REVIEW, and CHANGE are located on the top of the detector, and are highlighted in dark blue graphics. Pages 14-16 explain each option in more detail. An example For example, here is how you would turn Passports AutoMute feature off. 1 Enter the Program Mode by holding both the city and dim buttons down for 2 seconds. Passport will beep twice and display Program. 2 Then hold the REVIEW button down. Passport will scroll through the categories, starting with Pilot Light (Pilot), then Power-on sequence (PwrOn), then Signal strength meter (Meter), and then AutoMute (aMute). 3 Release the REVIEW button when Passport shows the AutoMute item. Since the factory setting is for AutoMute to be on, Passport will display aMute ON. (If you accidentally don't release the Review button in time, and Passport goes to the next category, hold the Review button down again, and after Passport scrolls through all categories, it will begin again at the top of the list.) 4 Press the CHANGE button to change from aMute ON to aMute OFF. 5 To complete the Programming, simply wait 8 seconds without pressing any button. Passport will display Complete, beep 4 times, and return to normal operation.
1 To enter Program Mode, press and hold both top buttons down for 2 seconds. (The unit will beep twice, and will display the word Program). 2 Then press the REVIEW button to review the current settings. (You can either tap the button to change from item to item, or hold the button to scroll through the items). 3 Press the CHANGE button to change any setting. (You can either tap the button to change from setting to setting, or hold the button to scroll through all the options). 4 To leave the Program Mode, simply wait 8 seconds without pressing any button. (The unit will display Complete, beep 4 times, and return to normal operation).
Overview of EZ-Programming Options
Press the REVIEW button to go from one category to the next PILOT LIGHT (Power-on indication) Press the CHANGE button to change your setting within a category Pilot Pilot Pilot Pilot Pilot Pilot Pilot PwrOn PwrOn Meter Meter Meter aMute aMute Tone Tone City City City Brt Brt Brt Brt Brt DARK DARK Bands Bands HWY H H.> + +.> +> V STD FST STD EXP SPC ON OFF STD LOUD STD LoX NoX LAST MIN MED MAX DARK LAST LAST ALL MOD
Letter: H or A or C Letter, with scanning dot Symbol: + or or -Letter, with scanning dot Scanning symbol Vehicle voltage * Standard power-on sequence Fast power-on sequence * Standard signal strength meter Expert Meter SpecDisplay * AutoMute on AutoMute off * Standard tones Loud tones * Standard City mode sensitivity Low X band sensitivity in City Mode No X band sensitivity in City Mode * Last brightness used Minimum brightness when turned on Medium brightness when turned on Maximum brightness when turned on Dark Mode when Passport turned on * Standard Dark: shows HD, AD, CD All Dark, no display
POWER-ON SEQUENCE SIGNAL STRENGTH METER AUTOMUTE AUDIOTONES CITY MODE SENSITIVITY BRIGHTNESS
One or more bands are disabled Turn bands ON or OFF by pressing the Mute button
*Factory Default Settings
To reset Passport to its original factory settings, press and hold the CITY, DIM, and MUTE buttons while turning the power on. Passports display will provide a Reset message, accompanied by an audible alert, acknowledging the reset.
Details of EZ-Programming Options
Pilot Light (Power-on indication)
Note: When you are using the Dark mode, the display will only show HD, AD, or CD, (Highway-Dark, Auto-Dark, or City-Dark). PilotHWY (Full description) In this setting, Passport will display Highway, City, or Auto as its poweron indication. (factory default) Pilot H (Letter) In this setting, Passport will display H for Highway, C for City, and A for Auto. Pilot H.> (Letter with scanning dot) In this setting, Passport will display H for Highway, C for City, and A for Auto. Also, a single dot will continuously scroll across the display. Pilot+ (Symbol) In this setting, Passport will display + for Highway,. for Auto, and for City. Pilot+.> (Symbol with scanning dot) In this setting, Passport will display + for Highway,. for Auto, and for City. Also, a single dot will continuously scroll across the display. Pilot+> (Scanning symbol) In this setting, Passport will display + for Highway,. for Auto, and for City. Each will continuously scroll across the display.
Pilot V (Vehicle voltage) In this setting, Passport will continually display H for Highway, C for City, and A for Auto, and the vehicles voltage. If the vehicles voltage drops below 10.5 volts, a low voltage warning is displayed, followed by an audible alert. A high voltage warning is also given if the voltage goes above 16.5 volts. The high-voltage warning is also followed by an audible alert.
PwrOnSTD (Standard) In this setting, each time you turn on Passport, it will display Passport 8500, LASER, Ka-band, K-band, X-band, followed by a brief X-band alert. (factory default) If any bands have been disabled, a double X-band tone and corresponding message (i.e. X OFF), will alert you that one or more bands have been turned off. PwrOnFST (Fast power-on) In this setting, Passport will provide a single X-band tone if all bands are enabled. If any bands have been disabled, a double X-band tone and corresponding message (i.e. X OFF), will alert you that one or more bands have been turned off.
MeterSTD (Standard meter) In this setting, the meter displays the band of the received signal, and a bar graph shows the relative signal strength. (factory default)
MeterEXP (ExpertMeter) In this setting, the meter simultaneously tracks multiple radar signals. It can display up to 2 Ka band, 2 K band, and 4 X band signals at the same time. Note: The ExpertMeter feature is explained in more detail on pages 10-11. MeterSPC (SpecDisplay meter) In this setting, the meter displays the actual numeric frequency of the radar signal received. Note: The SpecDisplay feature is explained in more detail on page 11. ToneLOUD (Loud tones) This setting uses tones that are more piercing. This setting is recommended for louder vehicles.
City Mode Sensitivity
City STD (Standard) In this setting, when you put Passport in the City mode, X-band sensitivity is significantly reduced, to reduce annoyance from X-band intrusion alarms and motion sensors. (factory default) City LoX (Low X band sensitivity) In this setting, when you put Passport in the City mode, X-band sensitivity is reduced more than the standard setting. This will reduce X band alarms from other sources even further, but also significantly reduces range to X band traffic radar. City NoX (No X band sensitivity) In this setting, when you put Passport in the City mode, Passport will not respond to any X band signals. WARNING: Only choose this setting if you are absolutely certain that there are no X band traffic radar units where you drive. Note: These settings only apply when Passport is operated in City mode. X-band sensitivity is not affected when used in Auto, or Highway modes.
aMute ON (AutoMute on) In this setting, Passports audio alerts will initially be at the volume you set, but after a few seconds, Passport will automatically reduce the volume level, to keep you informed, but not annoyed. (factory default) aMuteOFF (AutoMute off) With AutoMute off, Passports audio alerts will remain at the volume you set for the duration of the radar encounter.
Tone STD (Standard tones) This setting uses more pleasing tones. (factory default)
Brt LAST (last) In this setting, when you turn on Passport, the display will be the last brightness you had selected during operation with the dim button. (factory default) Brt MIN (minimum) In this setting, each time you turn on Passport, the display will be at the lowest brightness. Brt MED (medium) In this setting, each time you turn on Passport, the display will be at the medium brightness. Brt MAX (maximum) In this setting, each time you turn on Passport, the display will be at the maximum brightness. Brt DARK (dark) In this setting, each time you turn on Passport, the display will be in the dark mode. This is recommended only when using Passports SmartCord so you have a visual indication to confirm that Passport is operational. mode, the only display will be a very dim HD, AD, or CD, indicating Highway-Dark, Auto-Dark, or City-Dark). (factory default) Dark ALL (all) In this setting, when you select the dark mode using the dim button, Passports display will be totally dark, without even displaying any power-on indication. In this setting, Passports SmartCord will provide the only visual indication to confirm that Passport is operational.
BandsALL In this setting all radar, laser, and SWS frequencies are monitored. This is the factory setting, and it is highly recommended that you use your Passport in this mode. BandsMOD In this setting, Passport will warn you with an audible alert, and associated text message stating which band is turned off (i.e. SWS OFF). This warning is displayed during the start up sequence (standard or fast). WARNING: Only modify bands if you are absolutely certain that there are no traffic radar units using that specific band in your area.
Dark STD (standard) In this setting, when you select the dark
Features and Specifications
Operating Bands X-band 10.525 GHz 25 MHz K-band 24.150 GHz 100 MHz Ka-band 34.700 GHz 1300 MHz Laser 904nm, 33 MHz bandwidth Radar Receiver / Detector Type Superheterodyne, GaAs FET VCO Scanning Frequency Discriminator Digital Signal Processing (DSP) Laser Detection Quantum Limited Video Receiver Multiple Laser Sensor Diodes Display Type 280 AlGaAs LED Alphanumeric Bar Graph, ExpertMeter, or SpecDisplay 3-Level Dimming, plus Dark Mode Power Requirement 12VDC, Negative Ground SmartCord (included) Programmable Features Power-On Indication Power-On Sequence Signal Strength Meter AutoMute Audio Tones City Mode Sensitivity Display Brightness
Dark Mode Radar / Laser Bands Sensitivity Control AutoSensitivity, Highway and City Auto Calibration Circuitry SmartShield VG2 Immunity Dimensions (Inches) 1.25 H x 2.85 W x 5.32 L Patented Technology Passport is covered by one or more of the following US patents. 6,069,580 5,600,132 5,587,916 5,668,554 5,559,508 5,365,055 5,347,120 5,446,923 5,402,087 5,305,007 5,206,500 5,164,729 5,134,406 5,111,207 5,079,553 5,049,885 5,049,884 4,961,074 4,954,828 4,952,937 4,952,936 4,939,521 4,896,855 4,887,753 4,862,175 4,750,215 4,686,499 4,631,542 4,630,054 4,625,210 4,613,989 4,604,529 4,583,057 4,581,769 4,571,593 4,313,216 D314,178 D313,365 D310,167 D308,837 D296,771 D288,418 D253,752 Passport is also covered by one or more of the following Canadian patents: 1,295,715 1,295,714 1,187,602 1,187,586 Other patents pending. Additional patents may be listed inside the product.
Although Passport has a comprehensive warning system and this handbook is as complete as we can make it, only experience will teach you what to expect from your Passport and how to interpret what it tells you. The specific type of radar being used, the type of transmission (continuous or instant-on) and the location of the radar source affect the radar alerts you receive. The following examples will give you an introduction to understanding Passports warning system for radar, laser and safety alerts.
Passport begins to sound slowly, then the rate of alert increases until the alert becomes a solid tone. The Signal Meter ramps accordingly. Passport emits short alerts for a few seconds and then falls silent only to briefly alert and fall silent again. Passport suddenly sounds a continuous tone for the appropriate band received. All segments in the Signal Strength Meter are lit. A brief laser alert.
You are approaching a continuous radar source aimed in your direction. An instant-on radar source is being used ahead of you and out of your view. An instant-on radar source or laser source is being used nearby. This kind of alert requires immediate attention! Laser is being used in the area. Because laser is inherently difficult to detect, any laser alert may indicate a source very close by. A moving patrol car with continuous radar is overtaking you from behind. Because these signals are reflected (reflections are increased by large objects), they may or may not eventually melt into a solid point even when the patrol car is directly behind you. You are approaching a radar unit concealed by a hill or an obstructed curve. 18
Passport receives weak signals. These signals may be a little stronger as you pass large, roadside objects. The signals increase in frequency.
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Warranty and Accessories
ESCORT One Year Limited Warranty
ESCORT warrants your Passport against all defects in materials and workmanship for a period of one (1) year from the date of the original purchase, subject to the following terms and conditions: The sole responsibility of ESCORT under this Warranty is limited to either repair or, at the option of ESCORT, replacement of the Passport detector. There are no expressed or implied warranties, including those of fitness for a particular purpose or merchantability, which extend beyond the face hereof. Some states do not allow limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts, so the above limitations may not apply to you. ESCORT is not liable for any incidental or consequential damages arising from the use, misuse, or mounting of the Passport. Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitation or exclusion may not apply to you. This Warranty gives you specific rights. You may have other legal rights, which vary, from state to state. This Warranty does not apply if the serial number on the housing of the Passport has been removed, or if your Passport has been subjected to physical abuse, improper installation, or modification.
The following accessories and replacement parts are available for Passport 8500.
Standard Coiled SmartCord.$29.95
L A SE R DE F E N S E SYS T E M
SHIFTER ZR3 is designed in the USA by Escort Inc. 5440 West Chester Road West Chester, Ohio 45069 Sales/Service 800-964-3143 Fax 513-870-8509 www.escortradar.com
2002 Escort Inc. Escort, Passport, and Laser Shifter are trademarks of Escort Inc. Features, specifications and prices subject to change without notice.
L ASER SHIFTING TECHNOLOGY / PROFESSIONAL INSTALLATION REQUIRED
L A SE R DE F E N S E SYSTE M
Congratulations and Important Warning
Your new Shifter ZR3 is the most advanced defense system against targeting laser guns. The Shifter ZR3 includes (2) front-mounted and (1) rear license plate mounted laser transceivers, interface module, display controller with audible and visual alerts, and a remote mute button. In addition, your new Shifter ZR3 introduces a new level of Laser defense including: Visual indicators for front and rear signals Volume adjustment Self-test diagnostics mode with error indication Standard remote mute button provides one-touch mute and manual receive only mode. High-Speed A/D converter dramatically improves laser detection range Please read the manual in detail to get the most out of your new Shifters performance and features. Please drive safely.
Table of Contents
Congratulations Important Warning
This product may be limited or prohibited in some jurisdictions. Check applicable laws before using.
Specifications How Laser Works
IMPORTANT INSTALLATION WARNING:
The Shifter ZR3 requires professional installation. New car dealers, and a select group of car audio specialists can install the Shifter ZR3 for you. Call us toll-free at 1-800-964-3143, or visit our website at www.escortradar.com for an authorized dealer near you. Attempting to install the Shifter ZR3 without expertise in automotive electronic installations can cause personal injury during the installation, or can damage your Shifter or your vehicle. If your vehicle is damaged during installation, its safety systems may be compromised, which could cause personal injury or property damage.
Quick Reference Guide
Troubleshooting Service Accessories Warranty
Controls and Features
Laser Transceivers Power and Volume Control Power-on Indication Mute/Remote Mute Button Receive Only Mode Display Brightness Alerts Diagnostics/Error Indications Optional Passport 8500 Configuration
Quick Reference Guide
Power/Volume Control Rotate the thumbwheel to turn the Shifter on and set the volume. (We recommend wiring the Shifter to a switched circuit so that it will turn on/off with your vehicles ignition). Automatic Brightness Control A built-in photocell will adjust the display brightness automatically based on the ambient light in the vehicle.
Your Shifter ZR3 is equipped with a total of three (2 front, 1 rear) laser transceivers. These highly sensitive laser transceivers will detect a laser signal, and respond (or transmit) a pulsed signal back in order to Shift or confuse the targeting laser gun. These highly sensitive transceivers must have a clear view of the road, and must be installed parallel to the road and aimed correctly in order to work properly. See Installation Manual for complete details. To mute the audio, briefly press the Mute Button or the installed Remote Mute Button once. After that laser encounter has passed, the mute will automatically reset and the audio will alert you to the next encounter.
Manual Receive Only Mode
The Remote Mute button can also be used to manually shut off the laser transceivers once you have corrected your speed. Since some laser guns provide jamming codes for the officer, this can be useful to avoid any undue attention. Simply press the installed Remote Mute Button, or the mute button located on the Display Controller twice during a laser alert. All Shifters will cease to transmit, and the alert LED will stop flashing and remain on. This indicates that you are now in receive only mode. The Shifters remain in the receive only mode for approximately sixty seconds, giving you time to pass the speed trap. Once this time has expired, the alert LED will turn off, and a double beep tone will be given, indicating that the Shifters are now back in the active mode.
Front Signal Indication Flashing LED (red) provides visual alert for incoming laser signals received from the front of the vehicle. Power On Indication Single LED (green) provides power-on and self-diagnostics indication.
Mute Button Briefly press this button on the display controller, or the standard remote mute button, to silence the audio for a specific alert. (The audio will alert you to the next encounter.) Press the mute button twice during an alert for manual receive only mode. Rear Signal Indication Flashing LED (red) provides visual alert for incoming laser signals received from the rear of the vehicle.
Power and Volume Control
To turn the Shifter on and adjust the alert tone volume level, rotate the thumbwheel on Shifter's Display/Controller. Turn the volume control knob to the left to increase the audio volume. When you turn the Shifter on, it will go through a sequence of alerts and verify communication to the laser transceivers.
After the Shifters start-up sequence is complete, the pilot LED (green) will stop flashing, informing you that the system is turned on and functioning properly.
Mute/Remote Mute Button
The Mute Button, located on Shifters front panel, or the installed Remote Mute Button, allows you to silence the audio alert during a laser encounter.
Shifters display brightness is automatically adjusted to suit ambient lighting conditions in your car. (The light sensor is located to the left of the Mute button on the Display Controller and may dim the display momentarily when accessing this button.) components are connected and communicating properly. On initial start-up, the power-on indicator (green LED) will blink. During this time communications between the front Shifters, Interface, and rear Shifter are tested. Finally, the Interface and Display communications are tested. If everything is working correctly, a double beep tone is given, and the power-on indicator will stop flashing and remain on.
Optional Passport 8500 Configuration
sequence is complete, the rear LED on the display controller will turn off. How to change the ZR3s setting using the Passport 8500 Once the Passport 8500 is connected to the ZR3s Interface module, you may change how the Laser Shifters operate. Three options are available: Shft (Shifters On/factory default), Rec (received only), and Off (Laser Shifters will not receive or transmit). To change the factory default setting: 1 To enter Program Mode on the Passport 8500, press and hold both top buttons down for 2 seconds (the unit will beep twice and display the word Program). 2 Then Press the REVIEW button to review current settings (you can either tap the button to change categories, or hold the button down to scroll through them). 3 Select the ZR3 category. 4 Press the CHANGE button to toggle between Zr3 SHFT, Zr3 REC, and Zr3 OFF. 5 To leave the Program Mode, simply wait 8 seconds without pressing any buttons. The unit will display Complete, beep 4 times, and return to normal operation.
Passport 8500 Configuration
The new Laser Shifter ZR3 laser defense system can be integrated, or linked to the Passport 8500 radar and laser detector using the optional ZR3 link cable, creating the ultimate protection against radar and laser guns. Contact your local installer for details. When the ZR3 Laser Shifter is linked to the Passport 8500, all visual and audible alerts are generated through the Passport 8500, eliminating the use of the supplied display controller.
Alert Indications Audible
Since Laser signals are a possible threat no matter how weak, the Shifter ZR3 alerts you with a full continuous laser alert.
Alert Indications Visual
Separate front and rear alert lamps (red LEDs) provide visual indication for incoming signals. Once a laser signal is received, the appropriate alert lamp (red LED) will begin to flash, indicating that a laser signal has been received, and that the Shifters are transmitting back. If the manual shut off feature is engaged, the alert lamp (red LED) will switch to a solid on state, and will remain on until the sixty second timer has elapsed (see page 3 for more details).
The ZR3 will test each element of the system during the start-up sequence. If communications stop (i.e. cable is disconnected) an error message is given. Front Shifter Error If one, or both of the front-mounted Shifters is not communicating properly, the front LED on the display controller will remain on, and a double brap tone will be heard. This sequence will continue until the unit is turned off, indicating that service is required. Rear Shifter Error The ZR3 can be installed without the rear laser Shifter. If the rear Shifter stops communicating, or is not installed, the rear LED on the display controller will remain on approximately 5-10 seconds during start-up, and a double brap tone is given. Once this
Once the ZR3 has been successfully installed, the Passport 8500 will provide confirmation of this by displaying a Zr3 Shft (factory default), Zr3 Off, or Zr3 Rec message during its start-up sequence. If both the 8500 and the Shifter Display Controller are connected at the same time, both will go through a self-test. Once the self-test is complete, the Display Controller will go to sleep, relying on the Passport 8500 to display any visual information. If the Shifter Display Controller is connected, and the Passport 8500 is disconnected or turned off, the Shifter Display Controller will wake-up, and provide all visual indications from the Shifter ZR3.
Your Shifter ZR3 comes complete with built-in self-diagnostic circuitry, and error indications. During the start-up sequence, the Shifter display will make certain that all
Visual Laser Alerts
When a laser signal is received from the front, the Passport 8500 will display F Laser Shifter. When a laser signal is received from the rear (with the rear Shifter installed) the Passport 8500 will display R Laser Shifter.
Dark Mode (on the Passport 8500)
If the Passport 8500 is placed in Dark Mode, the Shifter Display Controller will provide visual alerts for radar and laser. (Note: Radar signals are a series of flashing LEDs and do not provide direction indication.)
How Laser Works
How Laser (Lidar) Works
Laser speed detection is actually LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging). LIDAR guns project a beam of invisible infrared light. The signal is a series of very short infrared light energy pulses which move in a straight line, reflecting off your car and returning to the gun. LIDAR uses these light pulses to measure the distance to a vehicle. Speed is calculated by comparing the change in distance over time. LIDAR (or laser) is a newer technology and is not as widespread as conventional radar, therefore, you may not encounter laser on a daily basis. And unlike radar detection, laser detection is not prone to false alarms. Because LIDAR transmits a much narrower beam than does radar, it is much more accurate in its ability to distinguish between targets and is also more difficult to detect. As a result, even the briefest laser alert should be taken seriously. There are limitations to LIDAR equipment. LIDAR is much more sensitive to weather conditions than RADAR, and a LIDAR guns range will be decreased by anything affecting visibility such as rain, fog, or smoke. A LIDAR gun cannot operate through glass and it must be stationary in order to get an accurate reading. Because LIDAR must have a clear line of sight and is subject to cosine error (an inaccuracy which increases as the angle between the gun and the vehicle increases) police typically use LIDAR equipment parallel to the road or from an overpass. LIDAR can be used day or night.
Features and Specifications
Operating Bands Laser 904nm, 33 MHz bandwidth Laser Detection Quantum Limited Video Receiver Multiple Laser Sensor Diodes (6F, 3R) Laser Transmitter Multiple Laser-Shifting Diodes (16F, 8R) Display Type Hi-visible LED indicators Automatic Brightness Control Power Requirement 12VDC, Negative Ground Dimensions (Inches) Display/Controller: 4.2 x 1.4 x.55 Front Laser Units: 4.65 x 1.8 x 0.8 Rear Laser Unit: 6.0 x 1.0 x.65
Both the standard remote mute button, and the mute button on the front of the Passport 8500, will provide Mute, and manual Receive Only modes.
Error Messages (using Passport 8500)
Front ZR3 Error During the start-up sequence, if one or both of the front-mounted Shifters are not communicating properly, the Passport 8500 will display Front Shifter Error, accompanied by a double beep tone. This sequence will end, and the Passport 8500 will work normally as a radar/laser detector. Rear ZR3 Error During the start-up sequence, if the rear Laser Shifter is not installed, or stops communicating, the Passport 8500 will display Rear Shifter Error, accompanied by a double beep tone. This sequence will end, and the Passport 8500 will work normally as a radar/laser detector.
Shifter will not turn on.
If your ZR3 ever needs service, please follow these steps: 1 Check the troubleshooting section of this manual. It may have a solution to your problem. 2 Contact your local installer or car dealer where you purchased the system. They will evaluate your unit and arrange repairs if necessary.
Check that the volume control is turned ON. Check that the vehicle ignition is ON. Check all connections. Officer may not have the laser unit turned on. Officer may have been targeting another vehicle. Officer may be using a radar gun, not a laser gun. It is normal for the display to feel warm. A loose power connection can cause the Shifter to be briefly disconnected, and will trigger the power-on sequence. You have engaged the manual shut-off feature which remains in a receive only mode for one minute. The front Shifters are not communicating to the interface. Check all connections, or contact your installer.
ESCORT One Year Limited Warranty
ESCORT warrants your Shifter against all defects in materials and workmanship for a period of one (1) year from the date of the original purchase, subject to the following terms and conditions: The sole responsibility of ESCORT under this Warranty is limited to either repair or, at the option of ESCORT, replacement of the Shifter detector. There are no expressed or implied warranties, including those of fitness for a particular purpose or merchantability, which extend beyond the face hereof. Some states do not allow limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts, so the above limitations may not apply to you. This warranty does not cover installation, removal or reinstallation charges. ESCORT is not liable for any incidental or consequential damages arising from the use, misuse, installation, or mounting of the Shifter. Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitation or exclusion may not apply to you. This Warranty gives you specific rights. You may have other legal rights, which vary, from state to state. This Warranty does not apply if the serial number on the housing of the Shifter has been removed, or if your Shifter has been subjected to physical abuse, improper installation, or modification.
Shifter did not alert when a police car was in sight.
Shifter display feels warm. Shifters power-on sequence reoccurs while you are driving. The alert LED stopped flashing when you muted the audio. During the start-up sequence, the front alert indicator (LED) continues to flash, and a double brap sound is heard. During the start-up sequence, the rear alert indicator (LED) flashes and a double brap tone is heard.
Replacement parts are available through your dealer.
Optional Link Cable for Passport 8500/ZR3.. $9.95
The rear Shifter is not communicating with the interface. Check all connections, or contact you local installer.
Software Upgrade for Passport 8500.. $29.95
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